With all of these uses, why is the US the only industrialized country in the world that prohibits growing Hemp?
Is it because our government is so stupid that our “…Drug Enforcement Administration has grouped all varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant together in spite of the fact that industrial hemp contains only trace amounts of psychotropic THC–a fraction of what’s present in marijuana.”
Perhaps it is because hemp was considered to be competition to captains of industry. “In 1937, DuPont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. DuPont’s Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil.Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of DuPont’s business.”
Or is it simply collateral damage in the war against drugs?
What other reasons could there possibly be for outlawing Hemp? For over 5,000 years, hemp has been used for textiles, paper, building materials, fuel, food and personal care products. Hemp can be grown with little or no toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Today hemp is grown all over the world. The crop is used to make over 25,000 consumer products. From hemp apparel and accessories to housewares and hempseed oil cosmetics, hemp is an eco-shopper’s dream.
How is that we can permit importation of products made from Hemp, but it’s against the law to grow it? Why is it that American farmers are forbidden from growing a cash crop that was grown by American founders? Including George Washington.
We are at a point in history where we are looking for alternative fuels, creating new industry and jobs, becoming more self sufficient and earth friendly. Permitting the cultivation of industrial Hemp addresses all of those priorities. It is irresponsible and unacceptable to continue the irrational prohibition of industrial Hemp. Strange bedfellows indeed, but Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduced Hemp Farming Legislation – HR 1866 . “The DEA has taken the Controlled Substances Act’s antiquated definition of marijuana out of context and used it as an excuse to ban industrial hemp farming. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 will return us to more rational times when the government regulated marijuana, but allowed farmers to continue raising industrial hemp just as they always had.”
Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to have a discussion about Hemp without including it’s cousin Marijuana. Pete Guither writes a good history of Why is Marijuana illegal? But the question is why is it STILL illegal?
Whether the FDA or AMA agrees or not, Marijuana has been used successfully for medicinal purposes for 5000 years. There is an abundance of scientific evidence in support of medicinal marijuana.
So what about just plain old “recreational” use. You know, like how people use other drugs like alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. Well Marijuana doesn’t have any of the side affects or addictive qualities of those other drugs. There’s never been a case of overdose or death related to Marijuana use. I’ve never known a pot smoker to be abusive to their partners or family. Haven’t heard of any pot smokers getting on the road speeding or driving recklessly. Unless of course driving 20 mph on the highway is reckless. So what other reasons could there be for the continued criminalization of marijuana?
If it’s legal, it will send the wrong message to our children that it’s ok.
They seem to get the idea that alcohol and tobacco are NOT ok for them, but ok for adults. In fact, keeping illegal actually makes it easier for our kids to get it, because there isn’t any regulation. It’s easier for kids to get pot than it is alcohol.
Marijuana is a gateway drug.
It’s a gateway drug because it is being sold by illegal drug dealers who happen to be selling other drugs. Regulate it, get it off the streets and into licensed and approved businesses like we do with tobacco and alcohol and people aren’t exposed to those other drugs.
So who benefits from marijuana being illegal? Street drug dealers and Gangs. Pharmaceutical companies. The alcohol industry. The law enforcement and justice industries. The medical industry. Read “When Weed is Legal“.
Legalization of marijuana would increase tax revenues and eliminate the cost of investigating, prosecuting and jailing marijuana growers, dealers and users. It would get marijuana off the streets and out of our schools. It would lessen the violence between competing criminal entities in our neighborhoods and at our borders. When was the last time you heard of a bootlegger selling booze on the street or in our schools? It’s not worth doing it because they can’t compete with the legal outlets and the risk and penalties are too great.
Now is the time to allow common sense to rule the day, rather than continue a course of prohibition that only benefits the rich and powerful who profit from it being illegal.